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Posted: 01/03/2017

Vanderbilt University

Clinical Translational Research Coordinator II

The Contemplative Neuroscience and Integrative Medicine lab (CNIM) at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center invites applications for a research coordinator position. The mission of The Osher center's new CNIM research laboratory is to alleviate suffering and improve well-being through rigorous investigation of the mind. Under the direction of David Vago, PhD, the CNIM utilizes a translational approach to identify and characterize neurobiological substrates mediating psychopathology, to better predict outcomes and clarify potential biologically-based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for those suffering with mental illness and chronic pain. Mixed research methods of systems biology, multi-modal neuroimaging (fMRI, MRI, DTI, EEG-fMRI), genomic and neuroendocrine science, innovation/ technology, psychological, cognitive-behavioral and first-person phenomenological analyses are used in a number of research initiatives that focus on the basic science and clinical applications of mind-brain-body and integrative medicine techniques.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute your enthusiasm, organization skills and creativity to innovative research projects in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment and to gain experience coordinating patient-centered research amongst a diverse group of clinical scientists, neuroimaging and computational neuroscientists, and expert contemplative practitioners from around the world.

The successful candidate will work closely with our team of clinicians, post-docs, neuroimaging faculty, and multi-disciplinary, cross-institutional collaborators to contribute to the rigorous investigation of mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in health care settings. The research coordinator will provide assistance to research team scientists and facilitate all aspects of research in the lab, including the following:

  • Managing approval processes and conduct of research protocols
  • Assuring that the integrity and quality of the research is maintained and that the research is conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines, federal and sponsor regulations and guidelines, Vanderbilt Policy and Procedure and research protocols.
  • Managing screening, recruitment procedures, consent, enrollment, randomization and study conduct from planning through study closeout.
  • Performs or implements processes to assure study-related procedures are performed as required and objectives and timelines are met
  • Maintains accurate and timely documentation and communication with Investigators, participants, IRB, sponsors and other research related entities.
  • Serves as an advocate for human subjects by establishing and maintaining communication with Investigators, research staff, Sponsors, participants and representatives of professional organizations, participant advocates, and the public responsible for, or concerned about, protections for human participants of research and through ongoing monitoring of trial processes and participants. Assesses and evaluates potential participants pertinent medical and historical information to ensure only appropriate subjects are enrolled in clinical/translational trials and remain eligible for continued participation
  • Data collection, database entry and management across multiple research projects at the Osher Center and trans-institutional Osher collaborative
  • Administer neuropsychological test batteries
  • Facilitate functional and structural brain imaging and behavioral testing protocol;
  • Conduct and/or assist with data analyses
  • Assist with activities related to grant and manuscript preparation, IRB requirements, web and social media reporting
  • Tracking study priorities, progress, and lab organization.

Qualifications include the following:

  • Interest and/or experience in research, contemplative practice, integrative medicine, and/or neuropsychiatry
  • Bachelor's degree in behavioral or biological sciences, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related discipline;
  • At least 2 years of related experience, preferably in health-related research involving human subjects or in a medical environment;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, with ability to effectively collaborate with senior scientific and clinical staff at the Osher Center and cross-institutional Osher Collaborative
  • Effective administrative and communication skills (verbal and written);
  • Proficient computer and data-management (survey, administrative, and medical data) skills with a variety of data sources (e.g., Office, Adobe suite; REDCap);
  • Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of statistical software (SPSS, STATA, R or other) and experience with descriptive statistical analysis;
  • Preference will also be given to candidates with background/experience in experimental paradigm design/implementation (e.g., E-Prime, Presentation, PsychoPy, etc.), psychophysiological experimentation (e.g., Startle-blink, skin conductance, etc.), and neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI).

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary that is commensurate on experience plus full benefits. Start date as soon as possible. A minimum commitment of two years is required. Please send a resume/CV, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. David Vago @